Techgirls Program 2024 For Young Women (Fully Funded to the U.S)

Application Deadline: December 8, 2023

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Applications are currently being accepted for the TechGirls Program 2024. The TechGirls initiative is a summer exchange program based in the United States, aimed at empowering and providing support to young women aged 15 to 17. These young women come from both the United States and selected countries across the globe. The program’s primary goal is to encourage and equip these participants to pursue higher education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields through practical, hands-on skills development training.

Since its inception in 2012, TechGirls has been instrumental in training and mentoring 653 teenage girls. Initially, the program primarily targeted countries in the Middle East and North Africa. However, during the summer of 2022, the TechGirls program expanded its reach globally, welcoming a talented group of young women with a passion for STEM from the United States and selected countries across all six regions of the world, including the Western Hemisphere, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and Eurasia, East Asia Pacific, the Middle East and North Africa, as well as South and Central Asia.

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The central component of the TechGirls program involves a 24-day journey within the United States. In collaboration with Virginia Tech, participants take part in an engaging TechCamp that offers a comprehensive exploration of cutting-edge technologies, as well as diverse educational and career opportunities within STEM fields. Subsequently, the TechGirls embark on a journey to a city in the USA (choosing from options like Austin, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, or Seattle) for a deep dive into community involvement and an exploration of STEM careers. The impact of the TechGirls program is magnified as participants return to their home countries, where they initiate community-based projects with the guidance of mentors over a span of seven months.

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The TechGirls program includes the following expenses:

  • Visa fees
  • Roundtrip international airfare from the participant’s home country to the United States
  • Accommodation during the program in double occupancy dormitory settings
  • Meals throughout the program, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Local transportation for group program activities
  • Cultural events coordinated by Legacy International
  • Emergency health insurance

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To be eligible for participation, individuals should meet the following criteria:

  • Citizenship: Applicants must hold citizenship in one of the eligible countries/territories and be residing in that country/territory at the time of the exchange. The eligible regions are as follows:
    • Sub-Saharan Africa (AF): Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, and Zambia
    • East Asia and Pacific (EAP): Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Mongolia, Taiwan, and Vietnam
    • Europe and Eurasia (EUR): Albania, Cyprus, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Türkiye
    • Middle East and North Africa (NEA): Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, and Tunisia
    • South and Central Asia (SCA): Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan
    • Western Hemisphere (WHA): Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, and Suriname
    • United States of America
  • Age: Applicants must fall within the age range of 15 to 17 at the commencement of the exchange, which is on July 6, 2024. This pertains to those born between July 13, 2006, and July 13, 2009.
  • STEM Interest: Individuals should have demonstrated advanced skills and a genuine interest in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics (STEM) in their academic pursuits.
  • Educational Goals: Participants should have aspirations to pursue higher education and/or careers in STEM fields, particularly in technology.
  • Language Skills: Proficiency in the English language is required, encompassing advanced intermediate English skills.
  • Character Attributes: Applicants are expected to display traits such as maturity, flexibility, and open-mindedness.
  • School Commitment: After returning to their home country, participants must commit to attending at least one additional semester of secondary school.
  • Community Project: Eligible individuals are committed to completing a community-based project upon their return to their home country.
  • Visa Eligibility: Applicants should meet the eligibility requirements for a U.S. J-1 visa. Please note that U.S. citizens are not eligible for a J-1 visa.


Candidates eligible for participation should hold citizenship and be current residents of the participating countries. For third-country nationals who are permanent residents in one of the eligible countries, it is advisable to contact us in order to confirm eligibility before applying.

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Preference will be given to those individuals who have little to no previous experience in the United States. If you have traveled to the United States within the last three years as part of any other ECA exchange program, you are not eligible for this program.


The application deadline is set for December 8, 2023, at 12:00 PM noon ET. To apply, please click here

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